Everywhere, we’re seeing VR showcased as using videogames for the main stage on which it performs. To think this will be its one and only stage would be quite narrow sighted. It seems Sony is broadening their horizons. Past console accessories like the EyeToy, Kinect or even the GBA E-Reader have all slumped into obscurity.
Yet it looks like VR will be so revolutionary that it will be the first accessory in decades to really be a success. After all, every wave of headset preorder bundles has sold out in a matter of minutes! It’s safe to say that a virtual reality revolution is right around the corner. Now it’s just a matter of time before this industry’s slow start blows up not just for videogames, but movies / interactive stories as well.
Sony Has More Plans For VR
Sony sees opportunities and as a result, Sony Pictures Entertainment has reassigned Jake Zim. He is moving him from the position of senior vice president of digital marketing to senior vice president of virtual reality. They have stated that he will ‘develop a slate of narrative VR content’, presumably similar to work made for the Ghostbusters movie.
Sony’s gaming departments are the largest money makers right now (other departments are currently seeing losses) so it’s entirely possible the VR could be their new Trojan Horse into profits. Could it be possible that we’d soon be watching Netflix shows with a virtual reality option, similar to what we’ve already seen in the Hellblade trailer?
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It’s also fairly predictable that Sony will squeeze as much application as they can out of this technology. Purely for the reason that they are releasing the headset almost a year ahead of Microsoft’s predicted release time. This gives their console arch nemesis plenty of time to prepare. If Playstation VR thrives, you can bet that Microsoft will do everything it can to trounce its main competitor. The never-ending console war continues.